Copy or Move Files and Folders in Windows 8

By Andy Rathbone

To copy or move files to different folders in Windows 8 on your hard drive, it’s sometimes easiest to use your mouse to drag them there. For example, here’s how to move a file to a different folder on your desktop. In this case, the Traveler file is being moved from the House folder to the Morocco folder.

1Align the two windows next to each other.

Click the first window and then hold the Windows key and press the → key. To fill the screen’s left half, click the other window, hold the Windows key and press the <– key.

2Aim the mouse pointer at the file or folder you want to move.

In this case, point at the Traveler file.

3While holding down the right mouse button, move the mouse until it points at the destination folder.

The Traveler file is being dragged from the House folder to the Morocco folder.

Moving the mouse drags the file along with it, and Windows 8 explains that you’re moving the file. (Be sure to hold down the right mouse button the entire time.)

Always drag icons while holding down the right mouse button. Windows 8 is then gracious enough to give you a menu of options when you position the icon, and you can choose to copy, move, or create a shortcut. If you hold down the left mouse button, Windows 8 sometimes doesn’t know whether you want to copy or move.

4Release the mouse button and choose Copy Here, Move Here, or Create Shortcuts Here from the pop-up menu.

When dragging and dropping takes too much work, Windows offers a few other ways to copy or move files, such as right-click menus, Ribbon commands, and the Navigation pane.

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.